My mancrush this Monday is television’s best-kept secret on one of this season's best new shows, Pitch (seriously, watch this show!): Mark-Paul Gosselaar. You may or may not be aware that Zack Morris has returned to television. Thanks to his character’s beard that's authentic as it is epic, Gosselaar is nearly unrecognizable as veteran baseball player Mike Lawson.
In addition to his new facial hair, MPG shows off some serious talent both on the field and in front of the camera.
Diversity in entertainment has been a blisteringly hot topic for years now. And while the movie industry progressing so slowly they're being lapped by hypothermic turtles, television is at the forefront of making meaningful strides. This fall, Fox is debuting 24: Legacy starring Straight Outta Compton's Corey Hawkins and Pitch and a series imagining the black and female MLB pitcher. NBC heaps on the family feels with This Is Us. The OWN Network is also making a power move to steal broadcast eyeballs with Queen Sugar created by visionary director Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey.
Meanwhile, CBS will roll out six new shows...all starring white men. Say it with me, y'all: #CBSSoWhite. Thankfully the media and frustrated television viewers have loudly voiced their distaste with CBS's problematic programming practices.
During their network panel at the Television Critics Association press tour last week, CBS entertainment president Glen Geller offered a pitiful and ham-fisted response to the pointed questions about the network's glaring lack of diversity. "We need to do better and we know it...We showed you some photos of 16 new series regulars, 11 of them are diverse. I know they’re not leads, but 11 are diverse and that is our commitment to diversity," Geller said, according to EW.com.
Translation: Inclusion is awesome for supporting characters whose only purpose is to serve the white leads, and can be killed off to evoke white pain come sweeps. See Yvette Nicole Brown's role as Oscar Madison's assistant in The Odd Couple reboot. And Taraji P. Henson's late Det. Joss Carter in Person Of Interest.
Since I sincerely believe CBS's heartfelt promise to do better and that it's not a half-assed rationale of their casting methods, I decided to do the heavy-lifting for them. So next season, there will be no excuse for the stars of their shows to look like the audience of a Donald Trump rally.
Here are 8 diverse actors who are long overdue for their own television shows…
The 47th NAACP Image Awards, which aired Friday night on TVOne, answered the Oscars exclusion with an awards show that was an inclusive celebration for musicians, actors and activists of color. Winners and nominees cheered each other on, cracked jokes while presenting and accepting their awards, and passionately and adorably lip-synched to John Legend’s performance.
The 2016 Golden Globes unfortunately handed out more awkward and frustrating moments than trophies during its tediously broadcast on Sunday. Why is Mel Gibson or Quentin Tarantino even allowed at award shows? How come Melissa McCarthy, Andy Samberg or Kevin Hart couldn't tap in for the insanely snooze-worthy Ricky Gervais?
The silver lining of an overall sub-par awards show is that it made the few and far-between highlights feel nearly meteoric. Here were the best moments...
A few weeks ago, James Kennedy and lip-liner lovin’ Lala Kent from Bravo’s dirty guilty pleasure reality show, “Vanderpump Rules,” dropped more f-bombs on a live broadcast of “Watch What Happens Live!” than the characters in a Quentin Tarantino film. You could almost hear producers signing their pink slips; and thanks to the censors, not much else.
Even host celebrity-scandal addicted host Andy Cohen, who once famously had Lady Gaga’s pee turned into perfume, was horrified: "They didn’t stop cursing, and I was really irritated. The viewers hated it. They were cursing so much, whoever our censor is, they’re very liberal, and every time you say a curse word, they block out the sentence before, the sentence after, so it’s like the whole episode was on mute. And it was very irritating. It just left a really bad taste in my mouth,” Cohen told BravoTV.com
So how does a show about the bed-hopping, partner-swapping, profane waitstaff of “Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump’s sexy restaurant Sur earn even a modicum class? By getting a theme-song remix from a sexy and sophisticated Oscar winner, of course!
Tuesday morning, wife and dedicated Instagrammer Chrissy Teigen posted a video of hubby John Legend performing a sultry version of the show’s now famous opening song for a friend, and it's even better than you can imagine. His glamour and charisma elevates Vanderpump's rep...at least until some bangs someone else’s boyfriend. Watch and swoon below!
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